Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Antiquities in Space

Putting together a slide show to coach my daughter for her History of Art exams last year when covering "Cycladic art" (sic), I came across this photo. It is of course 'Star Trek' (apparently Star Trek "Voyager", series 1 episode "Time and Again").

It makes one think where the portable antiquities we discuss today will be in half a millennium from now.


helensotiriadis said...

ah... but you're just looking at the photo out of context of the star trek episode's story!

you see, this isn't from a future HUMAN civilization. this is supposedly artwork from an alien civilization.

Paul Barford said...


If that is so, I wonder what it is doing on the ship? So colonialist attitudes to the culture of others continue into the future then?

helensotiriadis said...

no.... i believe it's a culture that hadn't had contact with humans before (i really should rewatch the show).

which is why i was surprised. i think it's just a matter of the prop director needing a cool-looking piece of art and selected these, which DO look kind of modern and sleek.

kind of like using a salt-shaker for mccoy's medical scanner.

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